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Obsession or goals?

Postby graham » Wed Oct 14, 2009 6:09 pm

So when does a goal become an obsession :?: One man’s goal is another man’s obsession.

Here’s a video of Rich Simpson’s “obsession” with Action Directe 9a. Rich shows amazing focus, determination, drive, etc. to get his goal. Great stuff!
http://vimeo.com/6848413

When I started here at SP my obsessed-goal was to day hike all the CA 14ers. That took me ~2 years to complete (2005-2007). I know this is several orders of magnitude below Rich Simpson’s “obsession”, but still I remember pouring over maps, Secor’s book, SP trip reports, etc. and I was pretty obsessed about my goal.

My current obsessed-goal is to lead several different 5.11 routes. I know, I know; don’t chase the grade. But I don’t care, I *want* to get these done. Gotta have them goals…….or obsessions :wink:

What’s your obsessed-goal :?:
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Postby bird » Wed Oct 14, 2009 7:31 pm

Dingus Milktoast wrote:Image

I have others but that one sums them all up.

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Postby DukeJH » Wed Oct 14, 2009 7:37 pm

After hiking my son's first mountain with him, he was really into it. we talked about it and thought it would be cool stick with it and climb Denali after he graduated high school in June 2010. Well, as he aged he grew out of the hiking, etc. but i have been fixated on Denali since 2001 and still plan to climb it, only a couple years late.
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Postby MoapaPk » Wed Oct 14, 2009 7:54 pm

bird wrote:
Dingus Milktoast wrote:[img]

I have others but that one sums them all up.

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"I've got one just like it in my living room"

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Postby Mark Straub » Wed Oct 14, 2009 8:45 pm

Nothing at the current time, a week ago it was Exfoliation Dome and a couple months ago it was a traverse of the Liberty Bell group. Now they are just goals, but I would certainly not turn down an opportunity!

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Postby bird » Wed Oct 14, 2009 8:46 pm

MoapaPk wrote:
bird wrote:
Dingus Milktoast wrote:[img]

I have others but that one sums them all up.

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I was wondering who would "get it".
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Postby ksolem » Thu Oct 15, 2009 3:57 pm

Dingus Milktoast wrote:Image

I have others but that one sums them all up.

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Hmm. Castle Rock Spire, from the west...?
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Postby ExcitableBoy » Thu Oct 15, 2009 4:08 pm

For a few years I was pretty obsessed with climbing the 5,000 ft NE Buttress of Johannesburg in the North Cascades in winter. I came very close to making the second winter ascent of the rig, but a malfunctioning stove forced a reatreat just below easy ground to the summit. I came back several times over the years only to find poor conditions on the route. I did make some first ascents of frozen waterfalls in the Cascade River valley though.
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Postby The Chief » Thu Oct 15, 2009 7:20 pm

When ya got the <C> and Layton Kor on the Eiger the day before John Harlin took his last big plunge, tattoo'd on your arm, what do you think?
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Postby The Chief » Thu Oct 15, 2009 7:53 pm

Catamount wrote:
The Chief wrote:When ya got the <C> and Layton Kor on the Eiger the day before John Harlin took his last big plunge, tattoo'd on your arm, what do you think?


Well, for starters, I think you might want to get one of those back-saver shovels. Very good for your back and posture.

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I have two of them... my Wife uses em!

I shovel snow for the work out and my health.

If I was worried about my back, I wouldn't be hauling 100 lb Pig Loads, 10-15 miles up to 12K'+, into the BC to put up FA's.
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Postby mconnell » Thu Oct 15, 2009 8:04 pm

Catamount wrote:
The Chief wrote:When ya got the <C> and Layton Kor on the Eiger the day before John Harlin took his last big plunge, tattoo'd on your arm, what do you think?


Well, for starters, I think you might want to get one of those back-saver shovels. Very good for your back and posture.

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They're too damn heavy and a hell of a lot more work than a standard shovel. I find that my back is much happier with a standard shovel.
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Postby MoapaPk » Thu Oct 15, 2009 8:16 pm

Catamount wrote:
The Chief wrote:When ya got the <C> and Layton Kor on the Eiger the day before John Harlin took his last big plunge, tattoo'd on your arm, what do you think?


Well, for starters, I think you might want to get one of those back-saver shovels. Very good for your back and posture.


If you have to throw snow over a high bank, the back-saver shovels are a pain in the butt.
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